I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Trick or Deadly Treat (Fresh-Baked Mystery, #9) by Livia J. Washburn
Series: Fresh-Baked Mystery #9
Published by NAL on October 7th 2014
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Holidays
Purchase: At Amazon
It’s Halloween in Weatherford, Texas—which means Phyllis Newsom is baking up a storm of yummy seasonal treats...but she’s about to get even busier unmasking a killer.
While Phyllis and her friend Carolyn are preparing for a baking contest, her housemate Sam adopts Buck, an adorable Dalmatian who was hit by a car. To thank local veterinarian Hank Baxter for helping the dog, Phyllis and Carolyn bake a batch of doggie treats for his other four-legged patients.
But when they arrive at the clinic, the vet is in the process of being arrested—for the murder of his wife! Convinced that the police are barking up the wrong tree and that someone’s been burying evidence, Sam begs Phyllis to help find the real killer. Joined by Buck, the friends engage in a dogged pursuit of the murderer, who will stop at nothing to muzzle them…permanently.
I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but after reading this one I now want to go back and read them all! Even without the context of previous books, I wasn’t lost reading this one at all. It was easy to connect with the characters, and enough was explained in passing that I understood both what was going on in this book, as well as things that happened in earlier ones to get to this point.
Once I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished it. And as we all know, that’s the hallmark of a great book! I also didn’t guess who the killer was until the very last pages, just before the big reveal. And that’s something else I love, not having an obvious bad guy.
I admit I liked Buck the dalmatian. He was cute, and helpful to setting scenes to make them seem a little bit more romantic than they would have otherwise been between Phyllis and Sam.
The recipes at the end of the book were varied and most sounded good. They include: Hearty White Chili Casserole, Hearty Breakfast Casserole, Peanut Butter & Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits, Pumpkin Dog Biscuits, Coconut Cream Pie Cookies, Pumpkin Vanilla Chip Cookies, Hero Sandwich, and Oatmeal Berry Streusel Muffins.